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Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

‘It’s hard to describe how depression feels. It’s unending grief and terror, blackness and a sense that you are experiencing the world through a dirty lens – everything is dimmer and murkier. The overwhelming experience of depression for me is one of exhaustion. Sleep is never enough to lift the tiredness that seeps into every cell in my body, making every step feel as though I’m trudging through lead.’ –Learning to Breathe, Rachael Newham, p24 In a time when we…

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Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

It’s just over five weeks now until publication, and so much is happening – and so much remains to be done! I’d appreciate prayers over the next few weeks, particularly as I’ve just come out of a fairly nasty infection which laid me flat for 3 weeks or so, so I feel somewhat ill-equipped for everything that needs to be done. Here’s the book trailer video – hope you like it 🙂

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Until I was 16, I was ‘normal’.  I enjoyed sport, music, school, and was a fairly high achiever.  That all came crashing down when, aged 16, a doctor said to me, ‘you have two (non-malignant) brain tumours, which are so big they’re about to kill you.’ I’m so delighted to host Emily Owen here on the blog today. It’s Publication Day for Emily’s new book The Power of Seven – which, as she tells us below, is nothing to do…

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A Poem from Depths

A Poem from Depths

Crashing into me crushing the bones of me fire snakes through my body unrelenting and unyielding.   Where are you, Lord? Have you deserted me for ever?   Why so downcast, O my soul?   I have nothing left.   Into the depths of deep, the cavernous abyss of incessant and inexorable disease   Where are you, my Lord? Have you deserted me forever?   Yet in the deepest depths is the deepest depth the mystery of who you are…

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I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

This was first posted on the SPCK blog. See the post here.   Being the daughter of a clergyman is a challenging task at the best of times. You feel like you must always be on your best behaviour; that your life should be an exemplary model of goodness, holiness and being generally perfect. I know that – I am one and I have one 🙂 And then – well, you fail. I can only imagine that being the daughter…

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Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Andy Frost’s book is centred around the idea that every life tells a story and that we are all searching for an underlying narrative in our lives. He says that we are ‘shaped by the wider stories we find ourselves in’. He outlines three stories which often seem to underpin how we experience life and how we react to our circumstances: Happiness, safety and significance. The ‘happiness’ narrative is all about pursuing things which make us feel good and enjoying…

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Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Today I’m delighted to welcome Andy Frost who has recently written a fabulous book called Long Story Short. I have just finished this book and found it incredibly helpful and insightful. Here Andy tells us a little about the themes in the book, and later in the week I will post my own review and giveaway – watch this space. My new book Long Story Short explores the power of story. Stories shape how we see the world, how we…

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Worship – just why?

Worship – just why?

Worship. What’s that all about, then? I wonder if some of you look at some of my writing, tweets and so on and wonder why I’d want to worship God – especially when I am so often in pain. What is it about worship which catches hold of me so? Isn’t a God who requires worship somewhat arrogant, egocentric even? Why would I want to worship a God who loves to be adored? These are questions I’ve been asked and…

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If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

My summer is not, and probably never will be, Instagram ready. You know what I mean. You scroll through your feed on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and see all those beautifully filtered pictures of people having the most perfect of times. Families are smiling together and going on an impossible number of days out, all impeccably and stylishly dressed with not a hair out of place, even in this melting heat. They go on holiday together and they don’t argue….

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That Amazing Unfair Grace Thing

That Amazing Unfair Grace Thing

Is God unfair? What if the answer is well… yes, kind of, actually… Because of that annoying, amazing, outrageous thing called grace. On a forum the other day, I read a post about how unfair God seemed to be. The poster didn’t think that the concept of forgiveness was a just one, particularly the no-holds-barred reckless forgiveness that we find in the Christian faith. She didn’t think it right that someone who had been bad all their life could simply…

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